An early morning meeting, 10:00am (well it is Sunday) at the Seven Stars.  There was a distinctly Autumnal feel to the start of the day but the copper beeches near to Bramdean were looking absolutely magnificent.  As we drove along the A272 the book about this road came to mind.  This has recently been revised and now has 272 pages!

Having left one car at The Milbury’s Pub, we drove on to Cheesefoot Head, our starting point for today, and previously the scene of the Boom Town Music Festival.  However, it is also famous for having been the place where General Eisenhower spoke to US troops just before D Day.


We had not been walking long before we met 2 northern lads (ok they were probably 70!!) who were on the first leg of their own odyssey to do the South Downs Way in 8 consecutive days.  After some banter they were on their way, and we were left to appreciate the great views and the remnants of the Festival, including large numbers of Portaloos.

There were quite a number of walkers out today and no cyclists, at least on our path.  It was a glorious day, and we were making good progress ….. or so we thought until we saw our 2 lads heading back towards us.  Were we about to receive an offer we could definitely refuse?  They had realised that they (and therefore we) must have missed a turning as we were heading East, which should have been South.  Back we all went, and took another turn, which seemed to be right, and yet, it wasn’t a very well- trodden path.


We were suddenly alerted to someone calling us, and after realising it wasn’t someone we knew, waited to see what she wanted.


Ah, we were on private land, so profuse apologies all round, redirections given and off we went again, this time we did find the correct path.  However, it was a very easy mistake to make, the sign post was not obvious, and having been told by the lady that everyone makes the same mistake, we were amazed that there was no sign saying “Keep out, you stupid walkers” !!!!


Across the A272, into Holden Farm and time for lunch. Here we saw the largest ever number of solar panels on one roof. Most of the last mile or so was on a very minor road, uphill of course, and having done at least a mile more than we had anticipated, The Milbury’s was a very welcome sight. We did 5.5 miles today, the usual Diet Coke and crisps were much appreciated while we watched several horses and carts driving away.


Another leg successfully completed!



South Downs Way legs

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Leg 2
Cheesefoot Head

to Beauworth
5.5 miles

1

Winchester to Cheesefoot Head

Sun 21 Sep 2014

3.5 miles

2

Cheesefoot Head to Beauworth

Sun 31 Aug 2014

5.5 miles

3

Beauworth to Exton

Sat 2 Aug 2014

4 miles

4

Exton to Old Winchester Hill

Mon 28 Jul 2014

3.125 miles

5

Old Winchester Hill to East Meon

Mon 5 May 2014

5 miles

6

East Meon to Petersfield

Sat 12 Apr 2014

4.5 miles

7

Q.E. Park to Harting Hill

Thu 10 Apr 2014

5.5 miles

8

Harting Hill to Cocking

Thu 17 Apr 2014

7 miles

9

Cocking to Duncton

Thu 15 May 2014

5.25 miles

10

Duncton to Bury Hill

Sat 23 Aug 2014

5 miles

11

Bury Hill to Storrington

Sat 23 May 2015

6 miles

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12

Storrington to Washington

Fri 11 Sep 2015

4 miles

13

Washington to beyond Chanctonbury Ring

Sun 6 Sep 2015

2.75 miles

14

Chanctonbury Ring to Beeding

Sun 20 Sep 2015

4.5 miles

15

Beeding to Devil’s Dyke

Sun 4 Oct 2015

5.25 miles

16

Devil’s Dyke to Ditchling Beacon

Sun 5 Jun 2016

6 miles

17

Ditchling Beacon to Housedean Farm

Tue 21 Jun 2016

5 miles

18

Housedean farm to Southease

Sun 31 Jul 2016

7 miles

19

Southease to Alfriston

Tue 6 Sep 2016

7 miles

20

Alfriston to Cuckmere River

Mon 26 Sep
2016

3 miles

21

Cuckmere River to Birling Gap

Fri 7 Oct
2016

5 miles

22

Birling Gap to Eastbourne

Mon 10 Oct
2016

5 miles

South Downs Odyssey
Odýssey n. a long, wandering and eventful journey!